Rahul, who has predominantly opened the innings in his profession, emphasised the numerous disparity between the 2 roles.
“At the top of the order, you are creating the game yourself. Even when you are chasing, you know you need to score a particular score. You go in with zero baggage. There is no pressure of falling wickets or required run rate. But when you bat in the middle order, you have the situation in front of you and then need to act accordingly,” Rahul mentioned in a current interview with JioCinema.
“That is the only major difference. I have been lucky that I have got enough games in the middle order to understand and adapt. Batting at positions 4 and 5 are not too different but yes, there is a big difference between opening and batting in the middle order,” Rahul added.
Rahul’s statistics affirm his adaptability. As an opener, he has amassed 915 runs in 23 matches at a mean of 43.57, boasting three centuries and 6 fifties.
In the center order, primarily at positions 4 and 5, he has tallied 1,210 runs in 29 innings at a mean of 55.00, together with three centuries and eight fifties.
When queried about whether or not the Australia sequence serves as the perfect check for Team India forward of the World Cup, Rahul expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “They are coming into the World Cup as one of the favourites. They have got some great players, some we play IPL with and we can see the impact they have. They come to India a lot, they know our pitches and conditions as well as we do. This series will all be about how each team brings their skills to the forefront. So, yes, I’m really excited about the series and this is the best way to challenge ourselves before the World Cup.”
Following the continued ODI sequence, Team India is slated to take part in two warm-up matches in opposition to England and the Netherlands in preparation for the World Cup. Their World Cup journey begins with a extremely anticipated conflict in opposition to Australia in Chennai on October 8, 2023.
(With inputs from ANI)